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Thanks and Hi-Caption SE for Flash Release

From: Robert B. Yonaitis <ryonaitis@hisoftware.com>
Date: Thu, 29 May 2003 09:29:08 -0400
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Hello All,

Thanks to all who gave feedback during our beta on our Captioning Solution
for Flash.

-rob yonaitis

---For immediate release---

Hi-CaptionT SE For Use With MacromediaR FlashT Provides Solution For
Captioning Macromedia Flash Movies And Presentations

Hi-Caption SE delivers a multimedia captioning management solution for
Macromedia Flash Software 

Concord, NH -May 29, 2003-HiSoftware, Inc. today announced the release of
Hi-Caption SE for use with Macromedia Flash, which will provide multimedia
developers worldwide with a comprehensive solution for managing the
multimedia captioning for their Flash projects, in complete conformance with
standards mandated by Section 508 of the federal government's Rehabilitation
Act, as well as the international accessibility guidelines set forth by the
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act Amendments mandates that federal
agencies ensure that all electronic and information technologies purchased,
maintained or developed meet the accessibility standards established by the
U.S. Access Board. Although federally mandated, state governments and
private organizations can also benefit by adhering to these standards, which
enable access and usability by the widest possible audience.

In order for multimedia to be accessible under Section 508 Rule (b) and W3C
WCAG 1.0 Priority 1 checkpoint 1.4, developers must create synchronized
captioning for media files. Hi-Caption allows for fast and efficient
creation, editing, and testing of the captioning of multimedia. The
captioning file is stored in an XML captioning file. The Hi-Caption SE XML
file allows for the embedding of multiple languages, which can then be
selected dynamically by the user who is viewing the captions.

This Hi-Caption SE XML file contains the captioned text and the timing
sequence, and optionally the names of the speakers in the presentation. Just
as you would rather use a web editor to create web files, Hi-Caption allows
you to easily create the XML captioning file, without having to learn the
code behind it. Hi-Caption also supports captioning multimedia files in
multiple languages so that they audience may select and view captioning in
the language of their choice.

The Hi-Caption Viewer component for use with the Macromedia Flash Software
provides drag-and-drop integration with the Flash Developer Environment.
Developers can simply "drop on" the Hi-Caption Viewer component, set the
properties, and then can provide closed captioned media to their site
visitors. No knowledge of ActionScript is required. This is useful for
training, accessibility, multi-language delivery of content and more.

"Macromedia is deeply committed to helping customers create rich, engaging
and accessible experiences on the web. Hi-Caption for Flash makes it
significantly easier for our customers to add in synchronized equivalents
for audio. This is a very exciting announcement for Macromedia and our
customers," said Bob Regan, Senior Product Manager of Accessibility for
Macromedia Corporation. 

Hi-Caption SE provides users with the ability to create, test and mange
captioning for their Flash productions. Features include the following:

- Load Windows Media, Real Player Files or Flash Movies from Local System or
the Internet for easy captioning 
- Collaborate with other users via the Internet or Network File System 
- Create transcripts with the press of a button from your captioned work 
- Create and share projects 
- Support for WCAG 1.0 Priority 1-3, Full Section 508, CLF, and any derived
from WCAG 

"Hi-Caption SE will assist Flash media developers in creating presentations
that will be fully available to end-users regardless of technical or
physical abilities," according to Robert B. Yonaitis, CEO and President of
HiSoftware Company. "As more and more developers understand the importance
of accessible Web design, they will realize that it is within their grasp.
We believe that their efforts will significantly improve the quality of the
web for all. We are pleased to add the accessibility capabilities of
Hi-Caption SE to Flash developers."

More information about Hi-Caption SE is available from the HiSoftware Web
Site at: http://www.hisoftware.com/hmccflash/index.html

HiSoftware's verification, repair and monitoring software solutions assist
organizations in achieving and maintaining Web sites in compliance with
organizational standards for accessibility, privacy, searchability,
usability and custom quality factors. These solutions, available as client
and automated server-based applications, help organizations develop
long-term strategies to achieve Web content accessibility and quality. They
allow multiple users to work collaboratively on Web site content
testing-resulting in reductions in time and resources. HiSoftware's
solutions help organizations develop long-term strategies to achieve Web
content accessibility, enhance usability, and comply with U.S. and
international accessibility standards. 
 

ABOUT HISOFTWARE
HiSoftware Company, the leader in enterprise content quality management
solutions, provides innovative products that empower quality assurance
teams, content developers, Web site architects, and company executives to
work collaboratively on their efforts to create and manage corporate Web
standards for Accessibility, Privacy, Searchability, Usability and custom
guidelines and policies. HiSoftware's integrated, full lifecycle solutions
dramatically reduce the time required to test, manage and deploy e-business
Web sites.

HiSoftware works closely with industry leaders and visionaries to provide
solutions for today's information accessibility, content quality, search and
retrieval needs. HiSoftware's customers represent Fortune 500 companies, and
many of the largest e-commerce, government, and educational sites in North
America and around the world and include ChevronTexaco, Commerce One,
Mercury Interactive, and Microsoft Government. 

Founded in 1998, HiSoftware Company maintains North American corporate
headquarters in Concord, New Hampshire. Further information about HiSoftware
can be found online at www.hisoftware.com

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